Angus Moth Project gets green light

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A project to digitise a collection which contains Angus butterfly and moth specimens has been awarded funding.

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) have awarded £39,240 to the Angus Moth Project.

The money from the MGS Strategic Investment Fund, will help fund a fixed term project officer to digitise the information about Lepidoptera collections held by The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum, the University of Dundee and Montrose Museum.

Leisure & Culture Dundee will lead this partnership project. A spokesperson said: “Lepidoptera collections contain historic butterfly and moth specimens – evidence of historic migration paths and breeding patterns that are captured through digital photographic surveys today.

“The successful completion of the project will increase access to this valuable specialist resource, strengthen connections between these three Museums – all partners in the Tayside Museum Forum – and encourage greater public participation with their collections.”

Bob Duncan, chairman of Leisure & Culture Dundee, said: “We are delighted to have been successful in securing grants to support the documentation and digitisation of our collections.

“Documentation is an often unsung area of museum work, but one that is vital to support the understanding of the significance of the objects in our collections.”

Museum collections across the country, covering a wide range of topics, are to benefit from a share of £500,000 of funding from MGS, which has given the green light to 13 projects be supported by their Strategic Investment and Recognition Funds.

Many of the projects focus on digitising collections to make them more accessible to the public and researchers.

Joanne Orr, CEO of MGS, said: “We are pleased to fund these museum projects and to support the vital work of the museum as well as helping them to further ambitions to increase their long term sustainability. All of the projects will enable the museums to improve their accessibility and visitor experience so a lot of people will benefit from the work.”